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Challenges - Military and More
Laura Emery, Field Editor
the moment she's been waiting for. She's played it out in her head time and
time again over the last 15 months, and now it's finally happening. Her
heart races and the excitement is almost overwhelming. The crowd of people
around her are poised and ready, signs and balloons in hand, anticipation
evident in their body language.
await the return of their sons and daughters, husbands and wives look
forward anxiously to reuniting with their spouses, and children are gleeful
at the prospect of parents finally coming home.
the stadium marches a group of soldiers in camouflage uniforms. They left as
brave men and women - but they return as veterans, heroes. They stand at
attention before the cheering crowd. Their faces are filled with a mix of
pride, thankfulness, joy and relief.
is the moment every military family waits for - the homecoming of their
soldier in the U.S. Armed Forces. Whether returning from Iraq, Afghanistan
or other areas of the world, this is an unforgettable moment - the moment
when a soldier and his or her loved ones are reunited. It's not just any
reunion, though. It's the end to a long period of worrying and wondering,
and the time to be thankful for a safe return.
and other military0related separations are difficult. They bring change,
anxiety, and loneliness. But when the anticipated reunion date finally
arrives, many people find themselves overwhelmed with a rush of emotions.
has a comprehensive section on everything from relating to marriage.
Visitors can read about topics like how to communicate with your spouse,
ways to improve your marriage, coping with infidelity, suggestions for a
troubled marriage, and more. It it involves marriage, it can be found here.
is the largest site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information
about children from before birth through adolescence. The Web site features
information on general health, emotions and behavior, growth and
development, and more. Visitors can find information on how to deal with
separation anxiety in your children, as well as handling loneliness and
acting out during situations involving change.
Body & Spirit
Web site approaches deployment counseling from the angles of mind, body, and
spirit. Under the "body" section, there is information on fitness
and nutrition in order to maintain an active lifestyle while your loved one
is away. The "mind" section deals with stress management,
combating depression, suicide prevention, and how to stay alert and focused.
The "spirit" section features hyperlinks to the Army Chaplain's
office, a wide array of resource hotlinks to support systems, discussions
relating to family and friendships, and pop-up boxes featuring various
suggestions for spirit enhancement.
Web site is a military-oriented Web site specifically for wives and families
of military personnel. This site will teach you about the United States
Armed Forces with a focus on the special women who man the home front while
their husbands are away serving our country. The Web site features personal
poems and uplifting stories, general military information, personal photo
albums and dedications, and support forums for every branch of the military.
There are also links to affiliated Web sites for military kids and husbands.
With Stress & Change
AttackStress.com, topics of discussion include tops, tactics, trivia, and
jokes on how to deal with change, give up control, and worry less. These are
articles filled with facts and figures about stress, and eliminating its
is a non-profit resource center designed to offer people inspiration,
support, and hope while they face challenges, crisis, change, and unexpected
events, obstacles, and turning points in their lives.
Note: Laura's husband, Derek, was scheduled to return to Virginia in
mid-December following a 12-month deployment to Iraq.